“Errol Healy was going sailing to evade custody in one of the several institutions recommended for his care.” Haunted by memories of his best friend’s death and the witch, Miss Florence Ewing, Errol sets forth from Key West alone aboard the Czarina. Alcohol-drenched and steeped in excruciating loneliness, Errol faces the harshest conditions of climate in the Gulf.
“The Refugee” is the magisterial, penultimate story from Gallatin Canyon by Thomas McGuane, called the “Flannery O’Connor of the New West.”
“Tremendous. . . . [McGuane] evokes characters so vivid and universally pained that they’ll keep you up at night.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer “Astonishing. . . . [McGuane] knows something about writing, real writing—which is to say, words as access to the soul. . . . McGuane has driven so hard into the heart of a received wisdom concerning American manhood . . . that he has broken through to the other side.” —The New York Times Book Review “McGuane is a master. . . . To see the world through the eyes of his characters . . . is to feel unsettled, precarious, and yet certain . . . of one thing: change. . . . [He] turns each story into a kind of pressure cooker.” —Los Angeles Times